The Shawnee Mission Health Early Learning Center is an integral part of the hospital's mission to be Much more than medicine.
provide a holistic curriculum that seeks to develop the whole child - socially, emotionally, mentally, spiritually, academically and physically.
In 1979, Shawnee Mission Health (SMH) made the bold decision to open an on-site Early Learning Center (ELC) to care for the children of hospital associates and physicians - one of the first employer-based centers in the country. This had an immediate positive impact on patient care, enabling SMH to attract and retain high-quality caregivers and giving its associates peace of mind that their children were in a safe and nurturing environment.
Much more than just a day care center, the ELC provides a structured, developmentally-appropriate curriculum that encourages children to explore their environment, think creatively and make their own decisions. Through its faith-based approach, children receive abundant love, attention and praise.
The Early Learning Center provides care and education to the children of SMH associates and active medical staff members, ages six weeks through 12 years. The Center is licensed to care for up to 332 children each day. In total, over 600 children receive care each year.